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Unhinged winger conferences

The Reclaiming America for Christ conference in Fort Lauderdale Friday and today is billed as “a high-energy, two-day Christian boot camp experience that will enrich you with ideas, information, and enthusiasm. Learn from and interact with speakers who are engaging the culture for Christ.” About 800 people are registered, coming from 30 states.

The annual event, put on by the Center for Reclaiming America, is an effort of President of Coral Ridge Ministries (and televangelist) D. James Kennedy. It is drawing more attention than expected because of two speakers on the bill — Alan Chambers and Katherine Harris. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel):

A national gay-rights group has criticized the conference, set for Friday and Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, for planning a speech by a leader of a ministry to gays, Exodus International in Orlando. “Giving a speaking opportunity to anyone from the ex-gay movement is wrong,” said Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. “It needs to be repudiated at every step, not given a pulpit.”

Gary Cass, executive director of the Center for Reclaiming America, shrugged off the complaint: “We believe God can transform people, and the results speak for themselves.”

Yes, they do.

Alan Chambers, president of Exodus, will be among 17 speakers at the 10th annual conference, which deals with conservative issues and trains participants for grassroots action in their communities.

If that isn’t enough controversy, embattled U. S. Rep. Katherine Harris is also on the speaker list. The Longboat Key representative, who also appeared at last year’s conference, will speak at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The appearance is unrelated to her troubled U.S. Senate campaign, Cass said. “She is appearing as an elected representative, not as a candidate.”

Other speakers include Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, David Gibbs III (the attorney who represented the Schindlers in the Terri Schiavo case) and an editor of the Christian newsmagazine World who will tout intelligent design theory.


Shakes Sis reminds me that another conference is certain to be even more over the top than the above — Vision America‘s The War on Christians shindig will take place this month as well. They have a bit more wingnut power in the speaker lineup…

The conference will hear from such nationally acclaimed speakers as Senator Sam Brownback, Senator John Cornyn, Congressman Tom DeLay, Gary Bauer, Alan Keyes, Phyllis Schlafly, Janet Parshall, Janet Folger, William Greene, Ron Luce and Rod Parsley.

Panels Include:
The Gay Agenda: America Won’t Be Happy
The ACLU And Radical Secularism: Driving God From The Public Square
Hollywood: Christians Through A Distorted Lens
Jews Confront The War On Christians
The Judiciary: Overruling God
The Media: Megaphone For Anti-Faith Values
Taking Our Faith To The Ballot Box

The organizer behind Lufkin, Texas-based Vision America is Rick Scarborough.

What exactly is the war against Christians? Some examples from my earlier post on this conference, taken from a Scarborough email sent out to supporters:

* Christmas symbols and greetings are purged
* A federal judge bans “One Nation Under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance recited by school children
* A Navy chaplain is told he can’t publicly pray in Jesus’ name
* Removal of Ten Commandments monuments
* Move to stifle religious expression at the Air Force Academy
* Christians arrested for peacefully praying at a “gay pride” rally in Philadelphia
* Federal appeals court says parental rights stop at the schoolhouse door
* Homosexual “marriage” established by judicial decree in Massachusetts
* Blasphemous “Da Vinci Code” movie comes out in May
* Churches are burned down in Alabama

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